任克達、任麥雅麗代禱信2019年3月

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親愛的代禱夥伴:

        感謝主,我們已經平安回到南非德班。工作匯報期間,除了工作報告外,我們也有機會與支持我們事工的教會和關心南非宣教的弟兄姐妹交流,給了我們很多的學習和激勵。首先我們要感恩的是各個教會堂會對南非事工的關心、代禱和支持,沒有因為時間的久遠而減少。見到我們美國的教會又拓展了一個分堂,我們和那裡的弟兄姐妹一起聚會,可以感受到他們有著一份動力,有著一份關心人、願意與人分享福音的熱誠。我想這個教會不斷發展的根基是在他們不斷成長的會眾。我們也有機會見到幾位已經退休的義務傳道人。雖然他們早已退休,但只要是主的事工,他們就熱切參加。他們還組織退休弟兄們成立禱告小組,為教會事工禱告,真是老當益壯。這些點點滴滴都給了我們很好的啓發和提醒。

        神保守看顧我們是及時無誤的。當你經歷過,就能了解神愛的長闊高深。特別是在緊急危難之中,在每分每秒都是很重要的時候。教會的楊弟兄是一位壽司師傅,三個月前的一個早上,他為新居後園做清理工作試用電鋸,一不小心鋸傷了右手掌,第一時間所想的就是:「糟了!完了!」因為妻子應已去工作,無法去醫院了;回神想到妻子今早因故遲延,尚未出門,還有救!能保存幾個手指還是好的。他們到達醫院時,剛好骨科的醫生可以開刀(雖然緊急,但南非的醫院通常都需要等待很久,以至影響治療),就為他動了手術。出事那天,我和教會另一對弟兄姐妹去探望他,他一直在感謝神的保守和安排,讓他能及時動手術,而且情況很樂觀。現在手指神經都通了,只有一個手指還需要再做一次手術。感謝主!祂不誤事!

        神安排照顧我們是超過我們所想所求的。教會中的阿梅姐妹一家一直生活拮据,她的先生一直都寄人籬下。他是一個憨厚老實的人,為了感謝他的老闆替他們申辦南非身份,不願過河折橋,對不起人,情願自己吃虧。於是,就委身他那份薪金不佳的工作,只求穏定。去年年中,阿梅姐妹告訴我們他們的老闆決定要退休,考慮將中餐外賣店轉手給他們,我們持續為這件事禱告,求主引領。他們的困難是兩個孩子現在讀中學,若他們無法接手外賣店,靠着打工恐怕無法繼續支付學費和生活費。神恩待他們,他們終於得以承接外賣店!因為外賣店是在城的另外一邊,有四十分鐘車程,他們必需搬去店的附近居住,而且要安排每天早午兩次接送兒子(女兒學校在店附近)。教會一位姐妹的住屋離他們外賣店約五分鐘,也剛巧要找房客,因為她的兒子和媳婦現在要常常往返中國,想找可靠的華人分租。神也感動一位住在他們兒子中學附近的慕道友願意開放家庭,平價出租房間給他們的兒子,並且免費每天接送他往學校。真是很完滿!阿梅姐妹一家為這買店過程中發生的事感恩不斷!神是奇妙的神!

請你為這些事項代禱:

  1. 為阿梅姐妹夫婦感謝神,他們同心決定店舖一切經營要誠實合法。請為他們禱告,求主引領他們的準備工作,也為他們預備會計師及廚房幫手。
  2. 感謝神,慕道友杰英已決志信主。已經安排為她受浸並學習真道的課程。請為她代禱,求主保守她的信心,引領她靈命繼續成長。
  3. 請為楊弟兄代禱,求主保守他的手能完全康復。
  4. 請為張弟兄患焦慮症的女兒代禱,今年是畢業年,她的壓力更大。求主安慰她,賜她寧靜的心情,也求藥物能發揮醫治療效。
  5. 請為我們外出各地事工時,行車和出入的平安代禱。

您的同工            
克達、雅麗        
二零一九年三月

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Dear Prayer Partners,

        We thank God for bringing us back safely in Durban.  During our furlough, we not only reported on our ministry for the last term but also had wonderful sharing with brothers and sisters who are supporting God’s work in South Africa.  We were greatly refreshed and encouraged.  The caring, prayers and support from all the churches were no less than we first started 18 years ago.  We also shared at a newly-established sister church in the States.  Among the congregation was a sense of energy, a sense of genuine concern to reach out for the soul with the gospel.  We believe that church growth stems from the spiritual growth of the congregation.  We also had the opportunity to meet with a few retired ministers.  They still serve in the church voluntarily.  Some of them even rally among the retired brothers and sisters to form a prayer group to intercede for the church ministry.  They are living out a good example of faithful servants!

        God’s protection is always at perfect timing.  Only when you experienced it, you would not fathom the depth and width of God’s love for you; especially when it is so critical that even every minute counts.  Brother Yang is a Sushi chef.  One morning about three months ago, he tried to trim a tree branch with an electric saw.  With the slip of the hand, the saw cut across his right hand.  The first thought that came to his mind was, “Oh no!  I’m done!”  It was because his wife should have gone to work at this time, and no one could take him to the hospital right away; but then he remembered that she was still home due to some unexpected delay, and he called out to her.  He might be able to save some fingers after all!  When they arrived at the emergency room, there was, to their surprise, an orthopedic surgeon on duty who could operate on him right away (usually people had to wait for a long time to be attended to even in an emergency thus caused irreversible delay in treatment).  The operation was a great success.  Later that day, Ko-Ta and another couple visited him.  He was full of awe at how God had protected him and provided him with the best possible care.  At this moment, the nerves of all the fingers are working again.  He just needs another operation on one of the fingers.  Praise the Lord!  He is always right on time!

        God’s provision is always beyond our imagination.  Sister Mei and her family have been living from day to day because her husband is the sole breadwinner of the family but has been paid poorly.  It was due to the fact that his long-time boss had helped him and his family gain South African citizenship.  He is a simple and honest man; he does not want to be ungrateful by changing jobs or asking for any raise.  In the middle of last year, his boss was contemplating to retire and sell him the Chinese takeaway shop where he works as the chef.  We were all praying for them.  They were facing a difficult time as their two children just started secondary school, and the husband’s pay could no longer support their livelihood and the tuition.  The business would be a good solution.  Praise the Lord!  They finally got the business.  As the shop is located about a 40-minute drive from where they live, they needed to look for a new place that is closer to the shop.  They also had to find a way for their son to commute to school every day (his school is close to home, their daughter’s school is close to the shop).  At that time, a sister whose house is about a five-minute drive from their shop was looking for tenants.  Since her son and daughter-in-law had decided to spend most of their time back in China, she wanted to find reliable Chinese to occupy the detached house on her property.  God also moved the heart of a friend who lives very close to their son’s school to take him in for a very low rent as well as agreed to drop him off and pick him up from school for free.  Everything worked out perfectly!  The whole family was full of gratefulness at God’s hand in their lives!  Our God is wonderful!

Prayer Requests:

  1. Thank God for Sister Mei. They had made a commitment to operate their new business honestly and legally.  Please pray for all the preparation in starting the new business and for them in finding a suitable auditor and a good employee.
  2. We praise the Lord for Sister Jie Ying who accepted Christ as her personal Savior. We have arranged for her to attend Basic Christianity classes and for her baptism.  Please pray for her continued faith and growth in the Lord.
  3. Please pray for complete recovery for Brother Yang.
  4. Please pray for Brother Zhang’s daughter. She is suffering from anxiety disorder, and this last year of high school causes more stress on her.  Please ask for comfort and peace from the Lord as well as effectiveness of her medication.
  5. Please continue to pray for our safety as we travel to different cities and towns.

In His service,
Ko-Ta & Christina

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親愛的弟兄姊妹,主內平安:

        感謝主,中文學校順利在2月3日開學。也感謝神預備足夠老師,有一位年青人願意答應作教師,接替一位離開的老師。求神繼續使用這器皿,為主作見証,傳揚福音。我們仍需要更多老師,一同參與事奉。如果你願意來伊港與我們同作主工,教授漢語拼音中文,請聯絡中福團各地區辦事處。

        長者團契在春節一同聚餐,大家都很開心。他們人生經驗豐富,又有愛神的心,相信神的話語。在團契中,我們繼續學習神的話,互相激勵,互相代禱。

        在伊港有一個黑人非正式住宅區Airport Valley,居民住在簡陋的房屋,車子行走在泥地上。有一間本地教會Walmer Methodist在這社區派免費午餐(Soup Kitchen),做英文、數學功課輔導,環保換物服務(Swop Shop),以接觸區內兒童,向他們傳福音。文瀚最近參與他們的數學功課輔導班,每週一次,協助一些中、小學生解決功課上的問題,也是一個跨文化的學習,求神使用。

        柏謙2月開始在納爾遜曼德拉大學修讀文學士課程,經過一週的迎新活動,2月中正式上課,求神帶領他適應大學生活。

        我們在伊港認識了幾位做壽司的年青人,他們在超巿做簡單的壽司生意,工作時間長,晚上9時才下班,求神帶領福音工作。

        我們期望在3月底學校假期的日子,能到東倫敦繼續探訪佈道。東倫敦有兩個華人批發城,每個都有30多間店鋪,華人集中。這裡有不少兒童,每逢週末都在商場內流連,人數約有30,實在是一個很好的機會向他們傳福音。求神差派合適工人,或通過短宣隊的事奉,向這些兒童及家長們還福音的債。

        今年5月8日南非將舉行總統大選,求神保守選舉過程順利,並這段時期的治安,能夠平穩過度。

代禱事項:

  1. 繼續為中文學校的需要和發展祈禱,能使用這平台傳揚福音。
  2. 為各城巿的福音工作守望祈禱。
  3. 為5月8日南非的總統選舉祈禱。
  4. 為未信主家人身心靈健康祈禱。
  5. 為孩子們用心聰明地學習和他們的屬靈生命成長禱告。
  6. 為我們的事工費不敷港幣20,744元祈禱,求神供應。

主僕                 
文瀚、玉潔

長者團契新年聚餐

長者團契新年聚餐

Walmer——黑人區功課輔導(英文班)

Walmer——黑人區功課輔導(英文班)

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親愛的禱伴,主內平安:

       在這年初感恩的日子中,向您們祝賀問好!在我們南非宣教的歲月中,神的恩典真是無時或缺,在此願與大家分享一二。

Born of Christ Church

       所謂「天有不測之風雲」,去年聖誕節的前幾天收到教會的Daniel牧師來電,得悉這間本地教會因不敵強風吹襲,整個鐵皮屋頂被吹起,其實教會屋頂的接口處早就露出很大的縫隙,所以每當下雨,雨水就從縫隙滴下,有時更要擺出「水桶陣」來盛接雨水,大家只能盼望雨季早點過去,不受困擾。

       然而,這次事發適逢聖誕節將至,很多修理工人都準備放假,無法在短期內運送建材和搶修,我們也擔心若在這段時間下雨,教會便不能聚會了。感謝主,有弟兄姊妹自告奮勇說要重新修整屋頂,最後找來一輛貨車,買了新的鐵皮,大家合力重蓋起來,就是連破了的玻璃窗也一併修好了。

屋頂被風吹起來

屋頂被風吹起來

屋頂修好後又可以照常聚會了

屋頂修好後又可以照常聚會了

破爛的講台蓋上一塊布,加上一點裝飾,煥然一新。

破爛的講台蓋上一塊布,加上一點裝飾,煥然一新。

紐卡索基督教會

       為了提升信徒重視家庭生活的樂趣,鞏固和諧家庭的關係,去年十二月底紐卡索基督教會舉辦了三日兩夜的家庭營會,參加者除了教會本身的信徒外,也有從其他城市來的弟兄姊妹。我們夫婦擔任講員,講題為「美滿家庭——祢,我,他」。

       在營會中,弟兄姊妹能真情剖白,有些更踩盡了心底的油門,把麈封的往事娓娓道來,想到神安排了一位與自己同甘共苦的配偶共度人生,有說不出的感恩,同時各夫婦也檢視彼此的溝通及情緒表達所產生的問題,祈願神賜福每一對夫婦,使能共建美好家園。

飯桌上,弟兄姊妹有美好的團契

飯桌上,弟兄姊妹有美好的團契

即場示範夫妻溝通之道

即場示範夫妻溝通之道

姊妹分享對營會的感受和得著

姊妹分享對營會的感受和得著

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代禱事項:

  1. 感謝神,約堡福音教會兒童主日學的孩子們大多數能按著教會提供的靈修材料,每天靈修祈禱。請為那些未能完成的孩子禱告,求神賜他們有積極追求的心,培養與神親近的習慣。
  2. 請為一些工作時間長又參與事奉的弟兄姊妹禱告,求主加力。
  3. 求神賜我們有美好的靈性,從聖經中得到更多亮光和啟發,又能按時分糧。
  4. 請記念我們的宣教經費,2019年1-2月結算不敷港幣31,500元,求主供應。

祝 身心靈健壯,主恩永伴!

國權,詠湘,祉愷,祉穎
2019年3月1日

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親愛的弟兄姊妹,主內平安:

        感謝主,香港宣道會海怡堂吳師母與王姐妹去年11月8-13日探訪我們,並與我們一同探訪不同的家庭:包括長者,中文學校的家長和老師,並信徒的家庭。藉著個別探訪,增加了對華人的認識,了解他們的生活與困難;通過見証和個人佈道,向他們分享神的愛,盼望福音的種子進入他們心中。短宣期間參與不同的聚會,其中一次更開車到80公里外的許曼斯多普小鎮聚會,有與會者表示願意繼續參與這樣的聚會。求神繼續帶領,並讓南非宣教的異象繼續在香港教會的弟兄姊妹中傳開。

        中文學校結業禮順利在去年11月25日舉行,當天節目豐富:有幼兒班齊聲朗誦《小白免》,並表演認讀生字;有老師分享自己學習中文的心得和心路歷程,提醒同學要重視學習態度,大家聽得津津有味,十分認同;並有同學表演拉小提琴、讀《三字經》、彈奏鋼琴……一班同學更獻唱《紅河谷》給一位將要離開的老師。感謝主,中文學校已經順利經過4個學年,正正見証著上帝豐盛的恩典。從起初到現在,在各種困難中渡過,成為家長們所喜愛和支持的工作。求神繼續使用這器皿,為主作見証,並傳揚福音。我們仍需要更多老師,一同參與事奉。如果你願意來伊港與我們同作主工,教授漢語拼音中文,請聯絡中福團各地區辦事處。

        我們繼續定期到離伊港約300公里的東倫敦作佈道工作及舉行聚會。信徒漸漸樂於參與。東倫敦有兩個華人批發城,每個都有30多個店鋪,華人集中,而且有不少兒童,他們在週末流連在商場內,人數約有30,實在是一個很好的機會向他們傳福音。求神差派合適工人,或通過短宣隊的事奉,向這些兒童及家長們還福音的債。

        柏翹的簽証在去年11月順利批出。柏謙去年12月參加南非的高考,取得不錯的成續,可以順利進入Nelson Mandela University(即伊麗莎白港大學)為2019年文學士一年級學生,修讀美術設計。我們趁去年十二月假期回港,探訪家人,和支持柏廉在港的升學。求神繼續引導他們。

        我們在伊港有不少個人佈道的機會,經過多年的探訪,最近一些年青人有積極的回應,並開始思考信仰問題。請繼續為他們祈禱,求神的靈繼續工作,讓這些華人有聽福音的機會。

代禱事項:

  1. 感謝主,全家的簽証已經順利批出。
  2. 繼續為中文學校的需要和發展祈禱,求主使用這平台傳揚福音。
  3. 為各城巿的福音工作守望祈禱。
  4. 為未信主家人的身心靈健康祈禱。
  5. 為孩子們能用心聰明地學習和他們的屬靈生命成長禱告。
  6. 為2018年1-12月,我們的事工費尚欠港幣30,250元祈禱,求神供應。

主僕                 
文瀚、玉潔

中文學校老師

中文學校老師

中文學校全體師生

中文學校全體師生

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親愛的禱伴,主內平安:

       每當我們想到非洲,腦海中很容易浮現出一片乾涸的土地和一群骨廋如柴,穿得骯髒破爛的貧困非裔黑人。

       路加福音十章25至37節記載了一個律法師來問耶穌:「誰是我的鄰舍呢?」耶穌跟著就述說了一個「為鄰之道」的故事,最後還敦促律法師說:「你去,照樣作吧!」我們相信神把我們和南非裔人民放在同一片土地上,活在同一個天空下,為要使我們互為鄰舍。

       11月17日我們和幾位弟兄姊妹帶著一些衣物、食物和日常用品,駕車到一個礦場的村莊。這個村莊住著的大都是失業人士,沿途有很多破爛的屋子。我們坐的汽車不算名貴,但停在這裡已顯得有點格格不入。一下車就看到一間用鐵皮搭蓋的屋子,玻璃窗都破了,後來才知道那是一間教堂,名為Born of Christ Church,教會的Daniel牧師告訴我們;每主日約有六十多位肢體在這裡敬拜神。

       甫進教堂,已有一群弟兄姊妹等著我們一起聚會,Daniel牧師以禱告開始,然後我們輪流用簡短的信息鼓勵他們,在困境中靠著神的恩典逆流而上。最後會眾以一首「We have to come and glorify God」(我們要來榮耀神)作結束。

       沿路折返,車子漸漸駛離這個貧乏的村莊,回到繁華的城市。想到貧窮奪去了人基本的生活需要,如食不果腹,無處安身等等,但貧窮本身並不叫人羞恥,羞恥的是我們選擇忽視,就像聖經裡的祭司和利未人一樣,他們都遇見了,但都「從那邊過去了」。(路十31-32)

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Born of Christ教會信徒合唱

Born of Christ教會信徒合唱

與弟兄姊妹合照

與弟兄姊妹合照

1. 懇請大家為我們和我們的服事團隊禱告,求神幫助我們常存一顆火熱的心,走進這些在狹縫中掙扎的人群,聆聽他們,堅固他們,與他們同行。
2. 我們每月在約堡福音教會為Born of Christ Church 籌募經費,購買物資,求主供應一切所需。
3. 我們將會在12月25日前往Born of Christ Church與孩子們慶祝聖誕節,求主使用我們,把基督的愛帶給小孩子。
4. 12月29-31日前往紐卡索基督教會主領一個家庭退修營,求神賜我們有美好的信息,可以造就弟兄姊妹。

  執筆之時,已進入將臨期,很快就是聖誕節了,主耶穌的降臨為人類帶來極重大的意義,願在這個普天同慶的日子中,主的平安喜樂常與您們同在,以馬內利!

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國權,詠湘,祉愷,祉穎

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親愛的弟兄姊妹,主內平安:

        感謝主,這次申請簽証過程順利,比上次快很多,文瀚的工作簽証順利延期五年,玉潔和柏謙的簽証也順利批出,現在仍在等候柏翹的簽証,深信也會很快批出。

        我們趁10月初學校假期,到東倫敦探訪和聚會。聚會中我們一同敬拜神,並藉此機會認識更多當地華人。求神繼續作工,把人帶到神的面前。

        中秋節是中國人很重視的傳統節日,中文學校在9月23日順利舉行了慶祝會。我們首先唱詩<這一生最美的祝福>,接著有老師說「月餅的故事」。這次慶祝會有各班同學各式各樣的表演,包括:朗誦古詩和新詩、唱歌、鋼琴演奏、猜謎語、跳舞表演,節目豐富,還有聚餐,藉節日氣氛,團聚華人,一同過節。此外,活動亦提升了同學們的華語表達能力和發揮同學的才華,家長們津津樂道,建立更多友誼。求主繼續使用中文學校這平台,傳揚福音。

        參與中文學校的教學工作,需要有關愛兒童的心,在教學過程中,也漸漸使我們變得像孩子一樣的單純。事實上,和孩子們溝通,有很多樂趣。有老師表示,來中文學校教課是她一週最期待的一件事。每週孩子們在此學習中文之外,也是一個歡樂的時光。我們仍然期待你的參與,如果你願意來伊港與我們同作主工,教授漢語拼音中文,請聯絡中福團各地區辦事處。

        我們繼續在微信平台上讀經和查經,讓信徒更靠近神,也藉各種方法、探訪等來傳揚福音。很高興在11月8-13日有香港宣道會海怡堂教牧領袖探訪我們,求神帶領他們的行程、各樣的服事、適應氣候、有活潑的靈命,一同守望南非宣教工作。

        在孩子的學習上,謝謝你們的支持與關心。大兒子柏廉已於九月在香港大學專業進修學院(HKU SPACE)修讀副學士學位(刑事司法及執法),希望他努力以赴,爭取優秀成績。另外,二兒子柏謙已被Nelson Mandela University(即伊麗莎白港大學)暫取為2019年文學士一年級學生,修讀美術設計。等待2018年12月高考(Matric Exams)成績結果後,將可以正式在明年1月入學。三女柏翹明年進入中學最後一年,預備考大學入學試。求天父引導他們的升學,在主裡面繼續成長,更在屬靈的家中長進。

        世界各地都在動盪中,南非土地改革正在討論中,各地戰爭未停,海嘯、巨風、地震,越來越清楚告訴我們,主再來的日子近了。「耶和華啊!錫安聽見你的判斷就歡喜,猶大的各城也都快樂。」(詩篇97:8)神的審判快到,求主叫我們警醒,快快傳揚永生的福音,宣揚主名。在宣教的過程中,禱告是十分重要。更需要你們在後方不斷用禱告來支持我們,托住我們的事奉。

代禱事項:

  1. 繼續為我們全家的簽証續期順利祈禱。
  2. 繼續為中文學校的需要和發展祈禱,使用這平台傳揚福音。
  3. 為各城巿的福音工作守望祈禱。
  4. 為未信主家人身心靈健康祈禱。
  5. 為孩子們用心聰明地學習和他們的屬靈生命成長禱告,求主供應柏廉在香港專上教育的學費,一學年港幣57,000元。

 

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文瀚、玉潔

中文學校成人班結業

中文學校成人班結業

中秋節學前班同學唱歌——小星星

中秋節學前班同學唱歌——小星星

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親愛的代禱夥伴:

        感謝主,上次請大家為受劫的慕道友梁先生代禱。前幾個星期去探望他們,發現他們已經不再焦慮了,生活恢復正常。神也在他們心中動工,那天他們主動提出許多信仰的問題,也要了解基督教的歷史和發展。我們談得很愉快,還一起共進午餐。請繼續為他們信主代禱。梁先生對長期在南非做生意已經有所保留。許多在南非做生意的華人都抱著這種觀望的心態,一方面是南非幣值下跌,另一方面是執政黨準備推動土地無償回收的政策,可能引來人民的對立和農業生產的問題。請為南非的執政黨和領袖代禱,使他們能秉公行義。

        在返台探親時有機會與幾位已從南非返回台灣的弟兄姐妹相聚,發現他們的經歷都很相似。雖然返回故居,但仍然需要被關注和照顧,他們需要時間適應新的生活,很容易和教會脫節。我們知道有一對弟兄姐妹返回台灣三年之後,才找到一間適合的教會。他們在南非信主、成長,所以,不習慣台灣當地的教會,不容易融入,就没有歸屬感,容易流失。一位姐妹一直找不著合適的教會,還好我們和她一直有聯絡,雖然是遠距離,再次相見依然親切。她正面臨一個人生的難題,我們給她建議,鼓勵她,勸慰她並和她一起禱告。她確實的知道她並不孤單,神差遣不同的人來幫助她。看見她堅定的眼神,我們真是為她感謝神。我們和另一位老姐妹同進晚餐時,她將她對孩子的家庭問題的擔憂和我們分享,我們一起為她和她的孩子代求,她很得安慰。我們繼續和她聯繫,為她代禱。感謝主,使用我們帶給他們安慰和關懷,我想這些遠程的教會會友在他們過渡的時期也是我們服事的對象。願主保守這些在南非信主和成長的弟兄姐妹,願他們早日適應台灣的新生活。

        無論是在哪裡,信徒所面臨的人生問題都差不多。有一對年長的夫妻最近有了爭執,多年來忙着經營生意和顧養孩子,都相安無事;但是,退休加上空巢卻給他們帶來了挑戰,多年夫妻竟然變成生活步伐不一樣的兩個人。一方停止來聚會,也不接受探訪。我們只能安慰另一方,和她一起禱告。感謝主!現在他們夫妻的關係改善了許多,能彼此交流、關心照顧,還能一起去探望子女。另一對年輕夫婦平時很恩愛,但是一吵起來,就收不了場。所爭吵的事,本來就是兩個不同觀點的小問題,吵到其中一方都回不了家。另一個家庭父母和成年的孩子有矛盾,兩代關係緊張,同住在一起,教導、輔導、探訪和關心都做了。但是,事情没有改變。所能做的就是繼續為他們祈求,求主改變他們,叫他們願意放下自己,順服神。求主賜我們智慧和愛心去繼續關顧在人生不同階段的人。

        時間真快,又到了工作匯報的時間。我們這次工作匯報的行程如下:美國——2018/11/29-2019/1/23;台灣——2019/1/24-2019/2/7;香港——2019/2/8-2019/2/18。期盼能再一次見到您,當面感謝您為我們和事工的代禱,並分享過去三年我們的事工及經歷,為神奇妙的作為一同感恩。

請你為這些事項代禱:

  1. 感謝神聽禱告,賜下豐盛的雨水,今年南非西開普敦省的水庫存水已無匱乏。
  2. 請繼續為梁姓慕道友夫婦信主禱告,求主開啟他們尋求真理的心。求主賜良好機會給我們引導他們。
  3. 請為教會中關係有困難的夫妻代禱。求主軟化他們的心,看見自己的虧欠,願意先改變自己。願意順服神、饒恕人。
  4. 為在南非信主和成長,現在返回台灣的弟兄姐妹早日適應生活,繼續在主裡成長代禱。
  5. 請為我們外出各地事工時,行車和出入的平安代禱。

您的同工            
克達、雅麗        
二零一八年十月

 

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Dear Prayer Partners,

        Thank God for His mercy.  We visited Mr. and Mrs. Liang , the couple who were robbed, a few weeks ago and found that their lives are back to normal.  They are feeling more relaxed and not so worried and afraid.  God obviously has been working in their hearts.  They initiated many topics regarding Christianity, its origin, history and development over the centuries.  We had a very good exchange and parted after lunch.  Please continue to pray for their salvation.  Due to the general economic downturn, deflation of the South African currency, the government’s plan to grab land without compensation and the possible resulting unrest, they are not sure if they want to continue doing business in South Africa.  This is actually the current attitude of the Chinese business community.  Please pray for South Africa’s ruling party and its leaders that they will uphold justice for the good of the country.

        We were in Taiwan visiting families during the first half of the month.  We also met with some brothers and sisters who returned to Taiwan from South Africa.  They have a common experience of readjustment difficulty, especially in finding a home church.  One couple took three years to finally settle down in a church.  Most of them accepted Christ in South Africa and got used to the church life in South Africa.  They face a different “culture” in Taiwan and find it hard to have a sense of belonging.  This creates a danger of not attending church and wandering on their own.  One sister is in this situation, and she is also facing a family crisis.  We were able to encourage her, gave her our advice and prayed with her.  She then realized that she is not alone; God had sent different people to come to her aid at many critical times.  By looking at the sparkles in her eyes, we were grateful for the enduring love of our Lord!  One older sister shared with us the marriage problem of one of her sons.  We comforted her and prayed with her, and she was consoled.  We thank God for giving us the opportunities to help them during their transition period.  We trust that our Lord will continue to protect and guide them.

        People face different life issues at different points of their lives, Christians are no exceptions.  One older couple in our church has been struggling lately.  They worked hard in their business all their lives and brought up their two children.  Now they are retired and facing an empty nest.  They started to drift apart.  The husband even stopped coming to church and refused to be visited.  We continue to stay by the side of the wife and pray with her.  Thank God!  Their relationship has been improving, and they now plan on visiting their children’s families together.  Another young couple recently was in a fight for some small matters, but it soon escalated to an uncontrollable level.  The husband was locked out of their home.  Another family experienced great conflicts between the parents and their grown son who is still living at home.  We did everything we could to visit and counsel to no avail.  All left to be done is to continue praying for them!  May the Lord change their hearts to examine themselves, to submit to God and make amends.  Please pray for us that we have wisdom from above to serve people during the different phases of their lives.

        It is time again for our furlough.  Here is our schedule:  US:2018/11/29 – 2019/1/23; Taiwan:2019/1/24 – 2019/2/7; Hong Kong:2019/2/8 – 2019/2/18.  Hope to see you again to personally extend our gratitude for your support, and at the same time, share with you our ministry and experience of God’s wonderful work for the past three years.

Prayer Requests:

  1. Thank God for the abundant rain in Cape Town. We are now out of our water crisis.
  2. Please continue to pray for the salvation of Mr. and Mrs. Liang. May the Lord continue to guide them in their search for truth and grant us opportunities to lead them to Christ.
  3. Please pray for those who are experiencing marriage and family problems in our church.
  4. Please pray for those who had returned to Taiwan from South Africa that they can readjust to their new living environment and continue to grow in the Lord.
  5. Please continue to pray for our safety as we travel to different cities and towns.

In His service,
Ko-Ta & Christina

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親愛的禱伴,主內平安:

       在南非向您們問好!

  感謝神、使我們藉著我們的主耶穌基督得勝……常常竭力多作主工、因為知道你們的勞苦、在主裡面不是徒然的。林前十五57-58

       每年的八月為約堡福音教會週年慶,今年也不例外,各小組及兒童主日學都透過詩歌、見證分享來述說神過去七年在教會的奇妙作為。

       回想教會成立之初,實在面對不少挑戰。在南非這片偌大的土地上,華人的比例屬少數,而在華人當中又彼此存著語言、文化的差異。除此之外,還有地理環境的因素,地域遙遠,交通需時,教會要向外傳福音就倍感困難,故此教會經歷了許多起起跌跌。然而困難並不能攔阻神的工作,在神的恩領下,教會逐步成長,喜見更多年輕的弟兄姊妹起來服事,成為神國的生力軍,各按恩賜同心建造教會,完成主的使命。這並不是我們做了甚麼,而是神恩浩大,感謝天父!

       教會也舉行了嬰/幼兒奉獻禮,弟兄姊妹都立志將兒女奉獻給主,遵照主的旨意,帶領他們終生行走在主的道路中,願神賜福這些弟兄姊妹能建立合神心意的家庭,以生命見證神的榮美。

  這福音本是神的大能,要救一切相信的……(羅一16)

       盧伯伯及伯母是八十多歲的長輩,他們年青時在香港做生意,為生活勞碌奔波,退休後與女兒移居南非生活。我們早年已認識這兩位長者,也曾跟他們傳福音,奈何他們屢屢迴避,喜歡把話題轉開。最近盧伯母身體抱恙,又患上間歇性老人健忘症。我們得知後,便去探訪他們,為他們禱告。隔了一週,盧伯母的身體大有起色,我們抓緊機會跟他們講論救恩,並邀請他們接受耶穌基督為救主。這次他們回應了,且即時做了決志禱告,感謝神的眷佑和恩典,榮耀讚美全歸於祂。

謝謝您們的支持及代禱:

  1. 教會有多位長者隨著兒女在南非定居,感謝神賜他們的身體和靈性健壯。
  2. 請為剛決志信主的盧伯伯及盧伯母代禱,求神堅固他們的信心,一生跟隨基督。
  3. 請為教會事奉團隊代禱,求主加添熱誠和能力。
  4. 教會有兩位姊妹生產後都患有骨質疏鬆症,經治療後,情況雖有改善,現仍需定期檢查服藥,求神醫治,早日完全康復。

       祝事主得力,多結果子!

國權,詠湘,祉愷,祉穎

兒童詩班獻唱: 「我的幫助從耶和華而來」

兒童詩班獻唱:
「我的幫助從耶和華而來」

職青團契獻詩

職青團契獻詩

會慶感恩崇拜後大合照

會慶感恩崇拜後大合照

嬰/幼兒奉獻禮

嬰/幼兒奉獻禮

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親愛的弟兄姊妹,主內平安:

        感謝主,我們順利提交簽証的申請。適逢八月頭學校有假期,也是我們一家準備辦理簽証續期的時間,應移民顧問的提議,我們到開普敦提交申請表,辦理過程順利。期望兩個月後可領取新簽證。
        多年前,我們在杰弗里斯灣(Jeffrey’s Bay)認識了一個家庭,曾向他們傳福音。最近,再次跟店主太太分享福音。傾談之間,她表示自己很害怕黑暗,也害怕死亡。藉此我們告訴她,耶穌勝過罪惡、死亡,只要信靠祂,接受祂作救主,祂賜我們力量勝過黑暗。她接著表示願意接受主,也開聲禱告接受主,我們和她一同禱告。過了一週後,再次探訪她時,她說心裡沒有以前那麼害怕了。感謝主奇妙的工作,求主堅固她的信心。
        在距離伊港300公里的東倫敦探訪華人,他們都樂意有聚會,求神帶領日後聚會的安排。當地華人更向我們表示,這裡有三十至五十名孩童,之前的中文學校停辦了,他們希望繼續有中文學校讓孩子學中文。這實在是一個很大的異象,很大的需要。求神感動有心志的中文教師,一同加入團隊,到這裡為主作見証,藉辦學榮耀主,並向家長傳揚福音。
        中文學校已上了軌道,8月5日開始一個新學期。日常教學工作和家長的探訪工作繼續進行。願主使用這平台,把人帶到神的面前。請繼續為老師的招募祈禱,求神預備合適老師,因著教師的流動,我們常常需要新老師。如果你願意來伊港與我們同作主工,教授漢語拼音中文,請聯絡中福團各地區辦事處。

中文學校學前班 孩子們齊學拼音

中文學校學前班
孩子們齊學拼音

        長者團契繼續隔週聚會。他們大部份是早期來南非的移民,有少數是土生,粵語和英語為主。他們在退休之年,仍然殷勤查考聖經,熱熾團契生活,他們的生命實在成為我們的榜樣。求主堅固祂手所作的工。最近邀請了一個家庭參加長者團契,請為他們禱告。

長者團契聚會

長者團契聚會

代禱事項:

  1. 為我們全家的簽証續期順利祈禱。
  2. 為初信主的那位店主太太的信心祈禱。
  3. 繼續為中文學校的需要和發展祈禱,使用這平台傳揚福音。
  4. 為未信主家人身心靈健康祈禱。

                                                                                                                                                                           主僕

文瀚、玉潔

 
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親愛的代禱夥伴:

        黃老姐妹夫婦早期在南非經營生意,這次重返南非退休,是少數的逆流移回南非的華人。黃先生是位知書達禮,溫文儒雅的長者,是化學專業的商人。他的科學知識淵博,和他聊天很增長知識。多年來他都陪著太太聽道,目的是來教堂感受寧靜平安的氣氛,聽一些人生的道理。他對基督教的真理不反對,但卻感受不深。他說上帝道理的頻率和他的領悟頻率不同,所以沒有接受福音。但是,他聽道卻很認真,會把不清楚的聖經歷史故事的前後參閱一下。他說他常和太太教會的傳道人聊天,是一個很親切而且有趣的慕道友。求主給我們有更多的機會和黃先生建立良好的關係,也求主給我們智慧的話語闡明救恩的真理,使他明白神的救贖,早日歸主。

        梁先生夫婦經同事介紹來到教會聚會。由於他們居住較遠,加上有時需要加班,所以不能固定的來聚會。多年來,我們與他倆保持交往和聯繫,有空時,總會去探訪他們。上個星期去探望他們,才知道最近他們一位家人突然去世,前幾天他們夫婦又遭到搶劫,萬幸的是人都安然無恙。受驚嚇後,他們情緒不佳,所以我們第二天再去安慰他們。安慰他們之後,他們突然提出表示願意對基督的信仰做更深入的了解和投入。我們建議他們安排時間上真理課,開始學習真道。感謝主,神在他們心中動工,使他們有心要明白福音。要與人做朋友是傳福音的基礎,傳福音之前需要許多的交流和了解。你的福音對象必需了解你的善意和真誠,你明瞭他們的需要,才能將生命之道傳給他們。我們對福音對象的關心,等待可能長久,但是我們的付出絕對不會枉然。請為梁先生夫婦代禱,讓他們能安排時間學習真道,也賜他們悟性和智慧學習,早日歸主。

        我們在開普敦的事工,由於時間的限制,每月只能停留半個月。由於交往不能持續,每月都間斷兩週,事工常感到停頓多於持續。感謝主,由於事工的調整,七月中到八月中我們連續在開普敦逗留了四個星期,這段時間連續不斷的交往和聚會,把我們和教會成員的關係拉近了不少。上個月,教會中一對弟兄姐妹需要返回中國辦理一些事務,他的家旁邊是他的物業,需要人幫助照顧和巡察一下。原本他們安排可以代為照顧的兩個人都搬遷走了,他們就請我們幫助。我們不是最適合的人,因為他們住在一小時外的小鎮。但由於臨時需要可信任的人幫忙,我們還是同意了。他們回中國後,事情不斷,房頂漏水,租客搬遷,車子發不動,電表要充值等等。他們感到很不好意思,但是這個事件就使我們的關係更近了,我們「賺到」一個勸服他們的特權。因為幫助這位弟兄,服事了他,他深感我們對他的關心,他就更願意聆聽我們給他的勸導。他的生活本來缺乏紀律,克達勸導他,他聽了。現在,他願意改變飲食,戒除惡習,運動鍛練和讀聖經。請你為這位錢弟兄代禱,求主堅定他,使他持久以恆,成為一個有節制敬虔的信徒。

請你為這些事項代禱:

  1. 請繼續為南非西開普敦省需要的雨水祈求。感謝主,今年冬雨使水庫存水回增到百分之五十三,但是乾旱的問題仍然持續。
  2. 請為南非事工需要多位宣教士,求主差派代禱。
  3. 請繼續為各個教會中的慕道友禱告,不同的慕道友有不同的難處。求主改變他們的心態,看見自己需要上帝的拯救。求主賜我們智慧的話語勸導他們。
  4. 請繼續為我們所服事的教會和同工代禱。由於事工地點增加,我們在每個城市服事的時間顯得不足。
  5. 請為我們外出各地事工時,行車和出入的平安代禱。

您的同工            
克達、雅麗        
二零一八年八月

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Dear Prayer Partners,

        Sister Huang had her own business in South Africa before but had moved back to Taiwan years ago. This year, she and her husband decided to move back and spend their retirement years in South Africa. Mr. Huang is a well-educated and well-mannered gentleman.  He was in the chemical engineering field and was a successful businessman.  He is very knowledgeable, and one can learn so much from talking with him.  He had been accompanying his wife to church for years.  His purpose is to feel the peacefulness in church and to hear some life philosophy.  He said that he has no objection toward Christianity, but his mind does not seem to be in sync with God’s frequency.  However, we notice that he is very attentive and will read beyond the sermon passage to try to understand the message.  He also told us that he used to spend time chatting with his wife’s pastor.  He is a very serious and interesting seeker.  May the Lord grant us more opportunities to form a good relationship with him and wisdom to explain the truth to him in a way that he can comprehend God’s gospel and be saved.

        Mr. and Mrs. Liang were introduced to our church through a colleague.  Since they live quite far away and often need to work over the weekend, they only come to church once in a while.  Over the years, we keep in contact and visit them from time to time.  Last week we visited them again at their office and found out that one of Mr. Liang’s close relatives just passed away.  They also mentioned to us that they were robbed a few days ago.  Fortunately, they were not hurt, but they were really shaken.  Therefore, we paid them another visit to their home the next day.  After being calmed down, their conversation turned into a request to know more about Christianity.  We suggested that we can come to have regular Bible lessons with them and explain the truth to them in more detail.  We praise the Lord for moving their hearts to want to know the gospel.  The first step in evangelism is to build friendships in order to gain mutual understanding.  They need to know that we truly care about them.  Only when we know their needs that we can show them how Jesus is THE answer for them.  We may need to wait a long time, but that will be all worth it.  Please pray for them that they can find time to start the Bible lessons, and may the Lord grant them understanding to grasp the essence of the gospel and be saved.

        As we can only be in Cape Town during the latter part of each month, it is quite difficult to bond with our brothers and sisters in the church.  Last month, due to some adjustments to our other ministries, we were able to spend a whole month there.  The continuous contact and fellowship did pull us closer with each other.  Last month, a couple needed to return to China to take care of some personal business, they were in need of someone to take care of their home and rental property.  The two persons they had in mind had moved away, so they asked if we could help.  Actually we were not the best candidates; we live more than an-hour drive away, and we are not familiar with their town.  Since there were no other people they could trust as well as it was in such a short notice, we agreed to help.  After they left, one thing happened after another—the roof leaked, a tenant moved out, a new tenant needed to move in, the electricity meter was running out, etc.  They felt so indebted, and our relationship had since changed.  We “earned” the privilege of a respected counselor!  Due to our willingness to serve our brother, he felt our genuine concern for him.  He was willing to accept our advice.  The brother used to live an undisciplined life.  Ko-Ta suggested to him the various changes he could make, and he listened.  Now he is changing his diet, giving up bad habits, exercising and spending time reading the Bible.  Please pray for Brother Qian.  May the Lord strengthen him to persist in making these life changes in becoming a godly and disciplined follower of Christ.

Prayer Requests:

  1. Thank God that our dams are now at 53% capacity. Please pray for continued rainfall in Cape Town.
  2. Please pray for more missionaries to South Africa.
  3. Please pray for the seekers in our churches. Each one needs to face different issues.  May God work in their hearts to see their need for His salvation.  May the Lord give us wisdom to help them.
  4. Please pray for the three churches we serve and the co-workers in the churches as we can only spend a fraction of time in each church.
  5. Please continue to pray for our safety as we travel to different cities and towns.

In His service,
Ko-Ta & Christina

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